Using local and seasonal ingredients is the most important element in Japanese cuisine. It also has become the primary principle for the international culinary community. With commitment to that philosophy, Sushi Kappo Tamura features seasonal ingredients of the Pacific Northwest in authentic Japanese preparation.
Tamura is a Kappo style restaurant where food is prepared in an open kitchen and served quickly in a lively environment where staff and guests talk about the food and beyond. Our goal is to become the very best restaurant to our guests by getting to know them and serving them in a personable yet professional manner.
Sushi Kappo Tamura sources its ingredients from NW farms and fisheries like Taylor Shellfish, Skagit River Ranch, and Wild West. It also partners with Seattle Urban Farm Company to plant and maintain a rooftop garden that provides hyper-local produce for some of the restaurant’s dishes. In doing so, Sushi Kappo Tamura hopes to create positive and long lasting relationships among local producers and be a leader for environmental stewardship in the restaurant industry.
Earlier in July of 2012 Sushi Kappo Tamura planted the first seedlings for our rooftop garden, and we couldn’t have been more excited! From a little ‘TLC,’ our urban farm has finally come to fruition with young, leafy tendrils avidly absorbing sunrays to grow into delicious herbs and vegetables. Tender, loving care? Close, but not quite. Here at Sushi Kappo Tamura (SKT), ‘TLC’ translates to ‘Tending to our Local Communities,’ stemming from our belief in creating positive, long-lasting relationships with our familial, social, and environmental circles.
Just as greens need nutrients to yield the most vibrant leaves, so do we; we can only extend the best by simply being our best. SKT is rooted down by the “Kappo family,” a team of people who hold a high level of respect for one another. With a shared sense of camaraderie held amongst us, we express this natural, warm energy through the company we offer. Our social circle is comprised of our guests, building tenants, and everyone else that joins us for an evening. Sitting opposite each other, our chefs and patrons share not just simple words or pleasantries but a mutual enjoyment of Japanese cuisine and culture that ties us together.
Taichi Kitamura is the executive chef and co-owner of Sushi Kappo Tamura. He trained under his mentor Shiro Kashiba for years and worked at I Love Sushi before starting Chiso in Fremont in 2001. Almost a decade later, Taichi sold Chiso and opened Sushi Kappo Tamura with his business partner Steve Tamura in 2010.
Born in Kyoto to a family of restaurateurs, Taichi has always been very comfortable in the kitchen. He was inspired to become a sushi chef by his natural surroundings in Kyoto. It was there Taichi discovered his fascination with aquatic life. As a child, he frequently visited nearby creeks and waterfalls to examine the small fish and amphibians in the area.
Taichi lived in Kyoto until he was 16 when he became an exchange student at Lynwood High School. He then went on to earn his bachelor’s degree with a focus in international studies from Seattle University. Today he lives in the north Seattle area with his wife, daughter, and Jack Russell Terrier.
When not cooking at Sushi Kappo Tamura, Taichi enjoys spending time with his family and fly fishing in Seattle area waterways. He also enjoys eating at casual western style restaurants like Sand Point Grill that have a friendly staff and create a good sense of community for diners.
Robert "Bobby" Suetsugu is the sushi chef at Sushi Kappo Tamura. He's worked at the restaurant since 2014. Bobby is an advocate for local and sustainable food. He believes it can help improve people's health and connect us to local food sources.
Originally from central Seattle, Bobby left home at the age of 15 to travel around Japan as a sumo wrestler. While traveling, he was treated to the best food Japan has to offer. This "wow" factor as he remembers it was something that he discovered he wanted to share with people. Taking this idea a step further, he began an apprenticeship as a sushi chef in Tokyo at the age of 25. A few years later after completing his training, he moved to Hokkaido and then eventually back home to Seattle to be with his aging parents.
Now Bobby resides north of Seattle with his family. He enjoys golfing in his free time. Bobby uses golf as a getaway and to refocus his mind. He occasionally plays a few rounds at Harbour Pointe. When not eating delicious bites at the restaurant Bobby likes to eat at local pubs and eateries.
Matt Curtis is a sous chef at Sushi Kappo Tamura. He started working at the restaurant in 2013. Matt is an advocate for traditional flavors when it comes to Japanese food. He believes Sushi Kappo Tamura’s focus on sustainable and local ingredients play a role in helping retain those traditional flavors.
Matt got his start in the kitchen in North Seattle at the age of 16. He started his training with routine kitchen work like washing dishes, scaling fish, cooking rice, and eventually leveled up to making sushi. Matt was drawn to sushi by the level of detail each piece requires and the art like element to final dishes. In addition to his traditional training in the kitchen, he furthered his expertise at Le Cordon Bleu where he was formally trained in the culinary arts.
Outside of the kitchen, Matt likes to spend time with his family outdoors. Together they explore the region's parks, beaches, and wilderness areas. At home, his family enjoys a mixture of food types including Korean and American style foods.